Metropolitan State University of Denver is located at the Auraria Higher Education Center, a 127-acre campus in downtown Denver at Auraria Parkway and Speer Boulevard. The Community College of Denver and the University of Colorado Denver share the facilities with MSU Denver.
Student Success Building
The campus includes more than one million square feet of space for classrooms, laboratories and offices. The Student Success Building, the first of two new MSU Denver Neighborhood buildings, opened in March 2012. The $62 million building, funded entirely by student-approved fees, houses classrooms, administrative offices, and student services, including admissions, advising, registration, financial aid, and the bursar’s office, all in one convenient location.
Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center
The adjacent Hospitality Learning Center boasts more than 28,000 square feet of academic space, including classrooms, specialty learning labs and faculty offices.
Historic Ninth Street Park and Tivoli Brewery
Other administrative offices are located in restored Victorian homes in Denver’s historic Ninth Street Park located on the Auraria site. The campus also features a child care center; the comprehensive, 184,000 square-foot Auraria Library designed by Helmut Jahn of CF Murphy, which won an award from the American Institute of Architects; and one of the most unusual student union facilities in the country located in the historic, Bavarian-style Tivoli Brewery Building. Excellent physical fitness facilities include a block-long physical education/events center with a swimming pool, weight room, game courts, dance studios, a climbing wall, and event seating for 3,000.
Center for Visual Art
The University’s proximity to downtown Denver enables students and faculty to use the community as a learning laboratory and to connect classroom theory to the cultural, economic, social, and political practices of the city. The Center for Visual Art (CVA), located in the Santa Fe Art District, is the University’s off-campus art gallery. In addition to showing significant contemporary art, the award-winning CVA serves as an interactive art laboratory for MSU Denver students and the larger community.
The University also has two satellite campus sites operated by the Extended Campus Program. Metro South, located at 5660 Greenwood Plaza Boulevard in Arapahoe County, serves the south, southeast, and southwest metropolitan areas. Metro North, located at 11990 Grant Street in Adams County, serves the north, northeast, and northwest areas. Each site is located 14 miles from the Auraria campus along the I-25 corridor.
Evening and Weekend Courses
A variety of courses are offered during the evenings and on Saturdays on the Auraria campus and at Metro South and Metro North. At least 16 degree programs can be completed by taking a combination of courses scheduled during the evenings, weekends and online. MSU Denver offers classes in traditional formats, as well as online and correspondence courses. General information about these programs can be obtained from the Office of Admissions or the Academic Advising Center.
Online, Hybrid, and Correspondence Courses
MSU Denver offers several options for distance education: online courses, hybrid courses (online/classroom combination), telecourses and correspondence courses.
Online education (online and hybrid) is the fastest-growing, distance education option at MSU Denver with over 10,000 students registering for one or more online courses during the Spring 2012 semester. MSU Denver’s online courses tend to be small and highly interactive for both instructors and students. A student can complete General Studies Requirements online. For information about completing a major, minor, or certificate online, please contact the appropriate academic department. Please check with academic advisors and visit the MSU Denver website for more specific information about the online learning environment, recommended computer equipment, and other online services that are offered by the University, msudenver.edu.